The Ant Bully


2006

The Ant Bully (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Sometimes inventive and witty, this animated adventure into an ant-sized world is a pleasant diversion.

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"The Ant Bully" tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. New in town, friendless and tormented by a neighborhood bully, young Lucas Nickle has been taking out his frustration on the innocent ant hill in his yard. But one day the ants retaliate. Using a magic potion, they shrink Lucas down to ant size and sentence him to live like an ant in their colony. In this strange new world Lucas will learn important lessons about friendship, get a whole new perspective on life and ultimately find the courage to stand up for himself.

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Cast

Meryl Streep
as Queen Ant
Paul Giamatti
as Stan Beals
Zach Tyler
as Lucas Nickle
Cheri Oteri
as Doreen Nickle
Larry Miller
as Fred Nickle
Austin Majors
as Blue Teammate
Ricardo Montalban
as Head Of Council
S. Scott Bullock
as Wasp Survivor
Frank Welker
as Spindle/Frog/Caterpillar
Laraine Newman
as Ant Mom No. 1
Paul Greenberg
as Sleeping Ant #1
David Kaye
as Wrangler Ant
Alfred Jackson
as Slacker Ant
Bryan Fabian
as Fernando
Creagen Dow
as Mullet Boy
Jake Goldberg
as Red Teammate #1
Keith Alcorn
as Soldier Ant #3, Pupa, Ant #18
Tom Kenny
as Drone Ant
Sarah Mensinga
as Mother Ant
Susan Silo
as Ant #4
Paul Rugg
as Ant #5
Candi Milo
as Nurse Ant #3
Patrick Fraley
as Ant Council #1
Tyler James Williams
as Blue Teammate #1
Jared Goldsmith
as Red Teammate #2
Jaishon Fisher
as Blue Teammate #4
Aaron Michael Drozin
as Blue Teammate #5
Max Burkholder
as Blue Teammate #6
Sam Green
as Red Teammate #3
Colin Ford
as Red Teammate #4
Kendall Sanders
as Red Teammate #5
Shane Baumel
as Red Teammate #6
Neil Ross
as Wasp #5
Bob Joles
as Wasp #2
Sean Donnellan
as Soldier Ant #1
Tress MacNeille
as Old Council Ant
Richard Green
as Wasp Leader
Don Frye
as Soldier Ant
Clive Robertson
as Hova's Wasp
Earl Boen
as Old Wizard Ant
Billy West
as Ant Dad #2
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Critic Reviews for The Ant Bully

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (35)

Kiddie-friendly toilet humour, a whiff of suspense and familiar voice actors make it passably entertaining, but there's little warmth or emotional satisfaction to be had from its cynical characters.

Aug 12, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

... unnecessary ...

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

... The Ant Bully is just a great ride, but all that moralizing diminishes the fun of feeling ant-sized yourself and being immersed in Lucas's incredible adventures.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If the Ant Bully story is generic, it is never plodding. It zips along quite nicely, aided by the especially well-constructed action sequences.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

[It's] a rousing adventure capped with just the right measure of sweetness... John A. Davis shows heaps of invention.

Jul 28, 2006

[T]he movie certainly means well, and its worthwhile message (teamwork is good, selfishness is bad) should penetrate the brains of kids old enough to stay in their seats and pay attention to it.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The Ant Bully

A good movie for the children. Although I enjoyed it too.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

½

Stupid in my opinion, really not even a time waster.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

This cartoon is pretty good. Has lessons on being aware of your environment and working together. They didn't bother with trivialities like the ant colony having only female ants, etc.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

The Ant Bully is a nice bit of animation - short and sweet, with good pacing and enough humor to keep you smiling, even though the message is a bit overbearing (the whole, "it takes a village/no man is an island" bit). The story for the most part centers on the Ant Colony's point of view, which is a nice switch, even though a young boy is the featured character. Said young boy, called Peanut by his mother, is picked on by a larger boy, so he takes his frustration out on something smaller than he is; the ant colony. Amongst the characters in the ant colony is a wizard (voiced by Nicholas Cage, who must have been preparing for The Sorcerer's Apprentice or something). The Wizard comes up with a potion that renders Peanut (who the Ants call "The Destroyer") down to ant size. From here we have a fish out of water tale (kind of like Avatar - yeah Jhon, I knew that would get your attention), where Peanut learns some life lessons about community and teamwork. During the course of the film we meet an ant scout, full of bravado and himself, and a forager drill sergeant (voiced by Regina King) who puts the young foragers through boot camp. On the human side we have Peanut's whacked out Grandma who is preparing for an alien invasion, and a pest exterminator named Beals whose company is called.... Wait for it... Beals A Bug. Through it all the film keeps you smiling in a lightweight sort of way. There's nothing really revolutionary or exceptional, just harmless humor and entertainment as the colony deals with a mosquito attack (complete with the Flight of The Valkaries soundtrack that was used in Apocalypse Now), and a harrowing chase scene involving frogs. The best part of this film for me was that Julia Roberts was one of the voices - hurray, a film in which I didn't have to look at her ugly mug. I wish the film had been more successful so perhaps she'd do a career change - it would sure make my film viewing life better. This is the type of film that rates a firm 6.5 - entertaining, but certainly not mind bending and light years away from the depth of most Pixar films - though still worth a viewing.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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